"Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:18
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17
Dear Friends and Family ~
At one time or another, most of us have asked the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” I’m beginning to realize it really isn’t that hard to figure out, but my ability to follow it reveals much about my own weaknesses. Thankfully, in my weakness, He is strong.
I’m learning it’s not about my own comfort. It is about surrendering my life to Christ and bringing Him glory in all that I say and do. With this in mind, I’d like to share with you some things the Lord has been doing in our lives lately.
We have a beautiful family, if I do say so myself. We have a roof over our heads and we have never known what it is like to be truly hungry, but the pressure to live the American dream is over-whelming. Our salaries have been cut. The price of gas, food, and what we would call necessities has gone through the roof. The debt keeps mounting. The needs (wants) grow bigger. We are left to wonder how we can possibly do all that the Lord expects of us?
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
For some time now, Brian and I have felt a calling to defend those that cannot speak for themselves. We don’t know how this will play out. In the future, it may involve foster and/or adoption (we would love your prayer for direction in this area), but right now it is a call to a small orphanage in India.
Through events that are too big for me even to explain in a letter, we met a Christian brother/pastor in India. There is no question whether or not the Lord was in this. It has been a fantastic opportunity to get our family involved in serving the poor; to partner with our brothers and sisters in Christ on the other side of the world. Our heart for the lost has increased and our eyes have been opened to the needs of the least of these.
After much prayer and counsel, we have decided to step out in faith. In June, 2013, Luke, our 16 year old son, and I will be traveling to Kakinada (a small village in southeast India). We will be staying with Pastor Wilson Babu and his family. We will share the love of Christ with the children at the Truth Children Home Orphanage by teaching and helping during their Children’s Bible Club and by bringing them necessary supplies.
We hope to show them how much they are loved by their Heavenly Father and that by following Jesus Christ, they have HOPE. Hope in this life, yes, but even more importantly, hope for an eternal life with their Savior. My prayer is that whatever we do in word or deed will bring HIM glory.
It is such a joy, as a parent, to see the Lord softening the hearts of our children. I am thrilled that Luke will be joining me on this journey.
I’m really excited about this trip to India and the chance to meet A.Sridhar. He is a boy in the orphanage that we have been sponsoring for a few years.
While we are there, we will be working at their Children’s Bible Club. They have kids from all over the village that come to be taught about Jesus. Many of these children come from Hindu families. We will also spend time with the kids at the orphanage. I will definitely want to bring some soccer balls with me!
I’m sure we will have lots to share with you when we get back! Thank you for helping us go. Thank you for praying for us.
We need you, our Christian brothers and sisters. We need your prayers. Our desire is to do the will of God with gladness, but we know we cannot accomplish this on our own. Please pray for the people of India and for souls to be saved.
We need your support, both spiritually and financially. We, like many of you, live paycheck to paycheck. I don’t know how the Lord is going to provide the needed funds. Please pray that God will continue to light and direct our path, that He will provide for the trip and above all, that God will use us to make HIMSELF known.
Since we are not going with a team or organization, any checks received would be personal and not a tax deduction. I understand this raises some concerns. If you have any questions about this ministry, feel free to ask. Please check the Facebook page of Zurishaddai Church, PastorWilson Babu , and Truth Children Home. Also, please check my Facebook page for updates on our trip (Angela Clifford Gabbert) and if you would like to follow our journey, you can visit my blog at asgabbert.blogspot.com!
Soli Deo Gloria,
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